“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.” Psalm 37:23 How should I move forward? I wondered late one morning. The Lord was clearly moving me forward in my ministry work magnificently, and I was humbled beyond measure at all He was doing in and through me. I didn’t have any employer or director over me, so the only one I had to answer to was the Lord. I was indescribably thankful that I was totally free and available to simply seek and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, but sometimes I felt overwhelmed. So much was happening. What should I do next? Then what? And what after that? How would I move ahead? Which way would I go? So many doors were opening.…

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:1-5 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.” Psalm 23:6 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thess. 5:16-18 I had stopped in the park with the wheelchair dogs to give…

“Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”” Mt. 22:37-40 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Phil. 4:8 I plunked down on my bed utterly exhausted. Confession. It was only just after noon just halfway through the week. What can I say? I had been working really hard at my writing that week, my streets ministry work was moving forward, being in New York City for a season was definitely taking its toll, and of course…

“And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”” Luke 21:1-4 Why do you suppose Jesus honored the widow who gave her tiny bit of money instead of the rich people who gave a little bit of their huge amount of money? Is the message in the Bible story above about money? The words of Jesus make it clear He honored and recognized her because she gave abundantly from her state of poverty while the rich people…

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, And the great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth; The heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it; And His hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand.” Psalm 95:1-7 Paralyzed dog Miss Mercy doesn’t walk like most dogs walk. She gets around in her wheelchair when she’s outside. Inside she scoots around on her knees. She’s quite fast on her knees, and you can’t…

Thank you for continuing to pour forth your love & encouragement & prayers for me and this ever-growing ministry with which the Lord has entrusted me. No sooner than I had begun to get some greatly needed rest than the Lord started to pour even more writing through me than He already was! I am literally having trouble keeping up with it! Now that’s a praise, mind you! I have two co-laborers trying to keep up with preparing the Gospel tracts & Faithful Magazine for distribution to the prisons, homeless shelters, onto the streets, to churches, ministries, whomever and wherever the Lord desires around the country, and a wonderful mentor at a church along with the print shop he manages helping from the printing standpoint. Still, the reality is we are…

“Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor. 12:8-10 Our culture is all about telling us how strong and successful we should be or at the very least appear, instead of being weak or appearing weak anyway which is considered a failure, isn’t this true? But not so with the Lord and His followers, as His Word so blessedly attests. “You made one grave…

“This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Romans 118:24 “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.” Psalm 19:1 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 “And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” Romans 6:13 I was spending a few minutes of quiet time with the Lord one morning when He surprised me by impressing what follows upon my heart. Such a beautiful blessing it was. 1. He had given me a new day that was like a fresh canvas 2. That He is the painter not me 3.…

“Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”” 2 Tim. 2:19 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 I figured out pretty quickly when I moved to New York City for a season for my ministry work that the sidewalks are sometimes too crowded and narrow to navigate myself and two paralyzed dogs in wheelchairs, and I thank God He led me to leash their wheelchairs together and walk like a parade of one of us behind another or at the very least me in front of the two of them walking virtually together. But imagine my surprise when I…

“May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the Lord.” Psalm 104:34 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Phiipians 4:8 Have you ever paid attention to what you think about? The Lord does. He knows our every thought. Yes, even the bad ones. The ugly ones. The vengeful ones. The complaining ones. The ungrateful ones. The bitter ones. The hateful ones. The spiteful ones. The worrisome ones. The fearful ones. The resentful ones. The mean ones. The prideful ones. The critical ones. The judgmental ones. The condemning ones. The distracted ones. The selfish ones. The self-centered ones. The self-seeking ones. The vain ones. The derogatory ones. The worshiping-the-wrong-god-ones.…

“But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”” Matthew 4:4 I was talking to a loved one one day who was going through a terrible trial. The kind of trial many of us can’t even conceive of. Suffice it to say we all have our trials, but some of them are especially and seemingly infinitely more grueling. The details of hers aren’t the point. The point is this. She shared with me something I believe we all need to hear. “The Lord made [this happen] to get me to listen,” she said in her own words. “I wasn’t listening. He did it so He could get me to start listening.” We chatted back and…

“For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.” If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they…

“And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, Is it not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, Is it not evil? Offer it then to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you favorably?” Says the Lord of hosts. “But now entreat God’s favor, That He may be gracious to us. While this is being done by your hands, Will He accept you favorably?” Says the Lord of hosts. “Who is there even among you who would shut the doors, So that you would not kindle fire on My altar in vain? I have no pleasure in you,” Says the Lord of hosts, “Nor will I accept an offering from your hands. For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; In every place incense shall be offered to My name, And a pure offering; For…

“We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer; since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall…

“And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:16 Do you ever FEEL like God doesn’t love you? Like you can’t FEEL His love for you? I have gone through seasons, some short, some longer, during which I don’t FEEL like God loves me. Here I am a Christ follower. I believe in Jesus Christ as Lord. I’ve turned away from a lifestyle of sin and practice a lifestyle of righteousness with plenty of repenting along the way as God conforms me to Himself. I belong to God’s forever family. I have been given and promised everlasting life. I am 100% devoted to the Lord and ministry. So how…

“Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Phil. 2:1-8 Thanks to a…

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And  from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.” Psalm 91:1-4 “I think I’ll go back to bed,” I muttered aloud. “It’s an easier place to be.” I said this as I stood up from kneeling on my knees beside my paralyzed dog Mr. Simeon as I prayed briefly to the Lord – mostly for comfort. I was tired. Physically tired, yes, but more than anything mentally. I had a…

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” 1 Tim. 6:6-8 “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.” Phil. 2:14-16 Just as I was moaning and groaning to myself as I was bent over pulling my two wheelchair dogs down the street, complaining in my heart because paralyzed dog Miss Mercy “had the brakes” on in that she was afraid of a truck and resisting moving…

“Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!” Psalm 47:6 “Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:8-9 “Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.” 1 Thess. 5:11 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” John 13:34 Biblically speaking, ever considered the three most important ways to use your mouth? The Lord’s greatest commands to us are to love Him with all our hearts and to love others as ourselves, right? Our greatest purpose on this earth is to love and glorify God, and to love and help others to…

“…You are indeed angry, for we have sinned— In these ways we continue; And we need to be saved. But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;…” Isaiah 64:5-6 “Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them. And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, saying, “Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”” Luke 5:29-32 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God…

“Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah”  Psalm 61:1-4 Ever had one of those days? Or weeks? Or months? Or years? Or maybe even decades? Or perhaps most of your life? When you feel like running away? When you just wish you could escape from it all? I felt like that way for decades but the Lord rescued me, forgave me for my sins, brought me into a forever relationship with Himself, and over…

Would you please do me a favor? Would you please pray to the Lord to see if He might lead you to become a monthly sponsor or donate? I only periodically put out the word I could use financial support for this ministry of the Lord’s, but unfortunately most of the time this past year or so exceedingly few people have stepped forward to lovingly and generously give. In fact, when I recently shared my heart for 20 new sponsors, one person blessedly stepped forward to begin next month. Rest assured I am so very thankful for the few who are helping, but as my ministry work moves forward, I sure could use more people coming alongside me in support of the work to which the Lord has called me…!…

“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Mt. 7:3-5 One of the most dangerous things I ever did for years on end was to allow my heart, words, attitude, and actions to be so filled with pride, judgment, hatred, hurt, bitterness, and condemnation that I couldn’t see past my finger continually pointing at other people’s sins. This was especially true when it came to people who had hurt me in one way or…

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”” John 13:34-35 “Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.” 1 Thess. 5:11 “Walk by Faith Ministry, this is Sister Love,” a dear friend of mine sometimes answers her phone. She is joking around because she serves the Lord through the ministry and knows my last name is Love. She calls me Sister Love, and, now a co-laborer in the ministry, feels she can laughingly answer the phone that way when she knows I’m the one calling. Sister Love 2, we call her. Sister Love 1, I…

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Cor. 15:58 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” 1 Peter 5:8-9 “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen.” Jude 1:24-25 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 ““Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I…

“Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”” 2 Tim. 2:19 ““Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” Mt. 7:21 I was talking to a woman with whom I had very carefully explained the Gospel message, who some time afterward had very clearly asked God to forgive her sins and placed her faith in Christ as Lord, and who was sitting in front of me very clearly disclosing how she was very clearly lying to the public at large. I explained very carefully and clearly that she was sinning against God and that her new lifestyle…

“Give us this day our daily bread.” Mt. 6:11 “And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” John 6:35 “But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”” Mt. 4:4 “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”” John 6:51 Countless people, Christians and not, maybe even yourself included, are familiar with the so-called “Lord’s Prayer” yet may have thought…

“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor detest His correction; For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.” Proverbs 3:11-12 “A fool despises his father’s instruction, But he who receives correction is prudent.” Proverbs 15:5 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18 “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16 A long week. Tired. Months of tiring work. Lots of change. Stress. Challenge. All good. Most of it anyway. But so needing rest. So needing good sleep. Not a good night’s sleep. Right in…

““Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Mt. 6:19-21 “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:1-2 It wasn’t a heavy rain. It was just a drizzle. But enough drizzle for me to start getting wet. All I had wanted to do was get a break from my work, on a Friday afternoon, get some fresh air, leave the…

“We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Cor. 6:1-2 I used to have a homeless friend who sat on the corner of my street every day for an hour or so for months until the day she committed her life to the Lord Jesus Christ and walked off to get her suitcase from where she had hidden it and went back home to family and to start her new life in Christ. Less than 24 hours after her joyful departure, the Lord sent another homeless woman I knew to sit on the sidewalk at that very same…

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